Each month the Kamloops Arts Council profiles a different member or donor, so that you can get to know the diverse and talented community that makes up the KAC. For the month of May we profile Liz Derksen.
How long have you been involved with the Kamloops Arts Council?
I have been involved with the Kamloops Arts Council since February of 2014.
Why did you get involved?
I became involved when I participated in Art Exposed for the first time. We had moved to Sun Peaks in December 2013, and there I joined ArtZone and met Lorel Sternig [KAC Events & Programs Manager].
Tell us about your artwork.
I paint using acrylics. My paintings are colourful and have movement, I would describe my style as stylized. I paint from ideas that are in my mind…mostly landscapes, trees. I love trees…every part of them…roots, bark, branches, leaves, needles…their shape, movement…I could go on and on. 🙂
What are you looking forward to this upcoming year? A special show or project you’re working on?
This year, the highlight for me has been a show in May at Hycroft Gallery in Vancouver. I am looking forward to working in the school up here at Sun Peaks. We are in the process of applying for a grant from ArtStarts BC which will allow me to work at the school 1 afternoon per week in our shoulder seasons, sketching with the students and eventually working on paintings with them.
Why is it important to support the arts?
I would have to say, just from my own experience, that sometimes it is easier for people to communicate, and learn, through art. It is a valuable tool for self-expression and I believe that people have a lot of good things to say and contribute, and art can be a way to do that.
What would you say to someone who’s considering becoming a member with the Kamloops Arts Council?
I would say YES YES YES…go for it. There are so many opportunities for growth, participation and experiences. The events are well planned and numerous. I am glad to be a part of this group.